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Could anyone tell me what a single word for mental endurance could be... I'm thinking something along the lines of willpower, but less ambiguous, it should fit in the following sentence:

"...has a great desire for improvement and puts a lot of effort in it, but has issues in terms of confidence and (?)"

Thanks!

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  • That fits well, but I'm thinking something between stability and endurance, like a "resistance to mental burnout" type of thing... – Philip Feb 7 '14 at 13:18
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    It's not one word, but what about "mental fortitude"? – Matthew Champion Feb 7 '14 at 13:33
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    As Matt's example, not one word - but "mental stamina"? – starsplusplus Feb 7 '14 at 13:38
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    @mplungjan I think the word is 'perseverance'. – WS2 Feb 7 '14 at 14:31
  • Really grateful for mental fortitude, but as you yourself have pointed out it's not one word. Will consider it for future use, but I think "tenacity" pretty much hit the nail on the head in this case. It's not a perfect fit, but it's really close while being a single word, which is what I was looking for. – Philip Feb 7 '14 at 14:55
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Your "willpower" really does sound like the most literal definition of "mental endurance", but based on your sample, there are a few ways to go with this.

First is to focus not the abstract concept of mental strength over time, and instead on its results:

...but has issues in terms of confidence and consistency

or

...but has issues in terms of confidence and self-discipline

or just "discipline"... but this might have the connotation that the person as trouble with authority.

If you just mean the person's ability to doggedly stick to it:

...but has issues in terms of confidence and tenacity

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I'd suggest either determination or resolve as suitable for your requirements.

...but has issues in terms of confidence and determination.


. ..but has issues in terms of confidence and resolve.

I would say that both examples would seem like they require further elaboration in the next sentence.

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"...has a great desire for improvement and puts a lot of effort in it, but has issues in terms of confidence and commitment"

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  • What about "mettle"? – Louel Feb 7 '14 at 14:58
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How about fortitude?

Fortitude - Courage in pain or adversity. (OED)

‘she endured her illness with great fortitude’

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"Persistance" works because the context will determine whether mental or physical persistence is the relevant sense.

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